If your cruise ship or ferry has Rome (Roma) on the itinerary, it docks at the port of Civitavecchia, Rome’s modern port about 50 miles away. From Civitavecchia you’ll probably need to get to the airport or into Rome (or the reverse if you need to get to your cruise ship). Here are transportation options:
How to Take the Train from Civitavecchia to Rome
From the Civitavecchia train station there are several trains per hour going to Rome. In a little over an hour, regional or Intercity trains take you to Roma Termini (the central station). Faster, and more expensive, frecce trains make it to Termini Station in about 45 minutes. From the station you’ll probably need to take a taxi to your hotel as buses and the metro can be very crowded and difficult to manage with luggage. Read more about taxis in Rome.
Civitavecchia’s station is near the entrance of the port, but quite a distance from where passengers usually disembark, scroll down to see How to Get Out of the Port.
How to Take the Train to Rome’s Fiumicino Airport
Fiumicino, Rome’s international airport, is about 40 miles from the port. Inexpensive regional trains from Civitavecchia station go to Roma Trastevere station, where you can change to a regional train for Fiumicino. This is the least expensive option (but keep in mind that you have to get out of the port area to the train station first).
If you take a fast, frecce, train from Civitavecchia to Termini, Rome’s central train station, you can take the Leonardo Express train to the airport.
To find train times and prices, go to Trenitalia and enter “Civitavecchia” and “Fiumicino”. Passengers of cruise ships trying to avoid the cost of a cruise shuttle or private shuttle to the airport often wish they had gone with a shuttle. While the train is less expensive, the changes make it inconvenient for passengers with much luggage.
Shuttle and Transfer Services from Civitavecchia Port
Private or shared transfer or shuttle services are available to take you from the cruise ship port to the airport or into Rome, going directly to your hotel rather than having to take a taxi from the train station. Arranged shuttle services usually meet passengers near where the mobility bus drops them, avoiding the hassle of trying to get to the train station from there.
How To Get Out of the Port Area
A free port mobility bus takes cruise ship passengers to an enclosed area near Porta Tarquinia. From the mobility bus stop it’s a 20 – 30 minute walk to the station or there may be an inexpensive cruise ship shuttle bus. There’s also a city bus (about a 15 minute ride to the station, buses every 20 minutes or so) but these buses can be crowded and if you’re traveling with luggage, this option should be avoided.
Thanks for Mary Jane Cryan, who lives near Civitavecchia, for the arrival area information on her blog, 50 Years in Italy.
Things to Do with a Day in Port
If you’d prefer a smaller, more personalized tour than the cruise ship offers, book this Rome Shore Excursion full-day tour with pick-up and drop-off at your ship and an English-speaking private guide.
If you don’t want to worry about making it back to your ship on time but want to explore a little on your own, you can spend the morning wandering through the old town, visiting the National Archaeological Museum, and exploring the market, then have a relaxing seafood lunch in a restaurant.
You could also spend the day at a nearby beach or visit the ruins of the Roman baths, Le Terme Taurine, and soak in the Ficoncella hot springs. There’s even a pebble beach in Civitavecchia, near the train station, and a seaside promenade with bars and restaurants. Or if you have plenty of time, take the short train ride to the town of Tarquinia to see the painted Etruscan tombs, archaeological museum, and medieval town center.
If you want to spend the night before or after your cruise, see and compare Civitavecchia hotels.
Be Careful: If you decide to go out on your own, into Rome or to other nearby towns or even just in Civitavecchia, allow extra time to get back to the ship! Taking a taxi or private shuttle (see above) back to the port is probably the best option to avoid being late.